First before I write about another event from 9/11 in history, I would like to remember the most significant event on this date.
For today’s post, I think a little comic relief is what we need. Today is a solemn day which will get prime network coverage along with the Seria crisis. I want to think about a more pleasant event in history.
On September 11, 1967, the Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS Television and by the time the show finished its run on March 29, 1978, we had the pleasure of witnessing a comedy genius and a cast so outstanding, the show has forever left its mark on pop culture.
There were 278 episodes, the series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards, was ranked No. 16 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time in 2002 and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.
By 1967, Carol Burnett was already a veteran of television. She had been a regular on television since 1956 and had a few Emmy Awards. In 1966, Lucille Ball (The best female comedian of all time in my humble opinion), who had become a mentor to Burnett, reportedly offered Burnett her own sitcom called Here’s Agnes, to be produced by Desilu Productions. Burnett declined the offer, not wanting to pin herself down into a situation comedy, much less a weekly series. However, when Ball appeared on Burnett’s variety special, Carol + 2 in March 1966, the show was such a critical and ratings success that CBS decided that Carol Burnett should be on television more often. So, instead of renewing her contract to continue performing in a series of specials for the next several years, CBS gave Burnett an ultimatum. Starting in the fall of 1967, she could either star in a situation comedy or a variety series. Faced with this decision, Burnett and her husband producer-director Joe Hamilton reluctantly decided on the latter format.
Any fan of the Carol Burnett Show probably has a list of their favorite moments. Here are a few of mine in no particular order:
Here is a great clip from the Q&A session of the very last episode.